Riding the crest of a wave of excitement, this month has seen the opening of what looks set to be one of the biggest visitor attractions in North Wales. So what is it all about?
While it’s perfectly true that the region isn’t exactly world famous as a surfing destination, all that could soon change with the thrillingly adventurous Surf Snowdonia project now open for business. As a quality hotel less than 10 minutes’ drive from the new venue, we know for a fact that many of our guests will be very excited.
If the idea of king-sized waves several miles inland seemed bizarre however, there are huge positives for surfers of all abilities: imagine finding a British surfing destination that doesn’t depend on weather or tides, along with facilities for non-surfing family members too? In a nutshell, perfect waves on tap for the expert, not to mention an ideal safe environment for the beginner. It’s all there at the new Snowdonia surf park.
The statistics alone for the so called “SurfGarden Wave Lagoon” are impressive: this is a 300m long lagoon that will simultaneously provide long, clean and beautifully consistent waves of three sizes, literally at the press of a button. We know, it sounds nuts, but it is perfectly true that different sized waves of 0.7m, 1.2m and 2m will be produced simultaneously every minute as surfers of different abilities prepare to hitch a ride.
If the statistics were impressive enough, the technology and design aspects are equally so. The concealed wave former itself is shaped like a snowplough and computer controlled. Specially shaped contours on the bottom of the lagoon then help to form perfect waves every time, while meshed sides allow the energy of each wave to disperse cleanly without affecting the next incoming. Other sites have been developed by experts around the world, but Snowdonia surf park will officially create the longest manmade waves in the world.
Judging by the commotion so far, the answer is an emphatic yes! Fans of wild beaches might get a bit sniffy, but it promises to provide an ideal place for surfing lessons in Wales. There will be space for 52 surfers at any one time too, and with such consistent waves there will be no argy bargy for the best spots.
As for Surf Snowdonia prices, you pay by the amount of time you want to spend (it works via a booking system, so do get in touch with them rather than just rocking up). Costs start from £19 per hour for a beginner or £29 per hour for larger, intermediate and advanced level waves.
This might be a dedicated surfing project, but for families and other visitors, this is not just a site for surfers. Kayaking and stand up paddleboarding (SUP) will also be available on the nearby river, while yoga sessions are another welcome draw. Parents with young children will also find a soft play area for little ones, plus a café and restaurant on site. A bar also opens to 11pm each evening.
For all the latest news and all bookings, visit the official Surf Snowdonia site.
Set in beautiful countryside on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park, the Groes Inn offers top quality accommodation near Surf Snowdonia. With great walks, beautiful coast and other attractions on our doorstep, why not combine an epic surfing trip with a short break or family holiday? We have elegant cosy rooms and are also a dog-friendly place to stay near Snowdonia’s new Surf Park. Click here to view our rooms and current deals.